One of the things I do to keep marital bliss alive and well in the household is watch a handful of reality shows with the Czarina. I actually like watching "The Biggest Loser" and "The Amazing Race." I could live without "American Idol" and "The X Factor." And that brings me to the train wreck that "The X Factor" has become.
The first season was barely tolerable. I like the snarkiness of Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid knows the music business. Paula Abdul, is well, Paula Abdul, as worthless as tits on a boar. But I liked the fights between Nicole Scherzinger and Cowell. But in all honesty the show was a pale version of "American Idol" without the country crooners.
The start of the live edition of the show's second season was a signal that something was seriously wrong. It was trick or treat as Khloe Kardashian's nipples stole center stage when she showed up as a co-host with Mario Lopez as one of the several unsuccessful makeovers for this stagnant program. One thing I learned in 30 plus years of working in television is that cosmetics matter. Khloe isn't beautiful, in fact she's not really cute. How a person looks does matter, especially if that person is female, sorry. She's as stiff as a board and shows no personality. She makes Lopez look uncomfortable and Mario like it or not has personality.
Now add into this hot mess of a train wreck the mindless, mind numbing combo of Demi Lovato and Britney Spears and you have a complete waste of prime time television. Demi knows as much about singing as I do about running a television network. Britney is one insipid comment away from a complete meltdown. In fact that's the only thing that makes the show worth watching, the possibility that Britney could go postal at any moment.
FOX is in a world of hurt. I doubt that "The X Factor" can survive into a third season and we all know "Idol" is on its last legs. FOX needs to take a hard look at its programming strategy if it expects to remain the prime time powerhouse that it has been for the last decade.